File-Sharing Law Expected to Pass
The Swedish parliament votes Wednesday on a new law giving the film and music industry more power to track down illegal file-sharers.
The legislation, which the government says is based on an EU directive, has been widely controversial. A new study from Lund University indicates that harder penalties for illegal downloading of copyrighted material will not encourage more users to stop.
However, Liberal Party MP Karin Pilsäter, who chairs parliament’s commerce committee, tells Swedish Radio News that laws should not be ignored just because people don’t want to follow them.
The legislation is expected to be approved by parliament, and would go into effect from April 1st.
While today the music and film industries have to go through the police and prosecutors to get the Internet IP address of a a person suspected of illegal file-sharing, under the new law they can go directly to a court.